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  • Sweet iron french link legal for dressage
  • Sweet iron bit dressage eventing

 
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    06-20-2011, 04:56 PM
  #1
Trained
Sweet Iron

For dressage, a bit can not have any sweet iron, correct? I'm resuming the search for a nice, gentle inviting bit for my TB. I found one but it has very tiny lines of sweet iron at the bars, so I'm thinking it's a no go. I had him in a french link, but for some reason he's a bit tentative about reaching into it.
     
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    06-20-2011, 06:22 PM
  #2
Trained
Dover Saddlery | JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Copper Loose Ring Snaffle Bit .

Sorry to double post, but is this one legal?
     
    06-21-2011, 06:49 AM
  #3
Showing
MBP, WHERE does it say "Sweet iron"? I couldn't find in description. I think it's just all copper (meaning it's legal in dressage ring).
     
    06-21-2011, 09:04 AM
  #4
Started
Why is sweet iron illegal to use in dressage?
     
    06-21-2011, 09:32 AM
  #5
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by gigem88    
Why is sweet iron illegal to use in dressage?
I have no idea. From what I know bit should be made all of the same metal (rings can be of different metal).
     
    06-21-2011, 10:53 AM
  #6
Weanling
Sweet iron is ok, but the mouthpiece has to be one solid metal. So, no lines of a different metal (like when they put in the copper strips). It is ok for the part that goes in the mouth to be a different color from the rings that that reins go on, but not for it to have multiple metals on the actual mouthpiece. Does that make sense?
     
    06-21-2011, 10:55 AM
  #7
Started
Yes, thank you!
     
    06-21-2011, 04:45 PM
  #8
Trained
So all one metal, rings can be different is okay. Thanks for clearing that up. The eventing rule book doesn't even mention mixed metals, so I just needed to check on the dressage side of things.

I mentioned sweet iron initially because my horse is currently using that type of bit to help ease him into contact. I since located that copper bit which is why the confusion. Do most horses like the copper? I just want something uber gentle that will encourage him to step into the bit. I thought he liked the french link, but apparently that was incorrect.
     
    06-21-2011, 05:32 PM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I mentioned sweet iron initially because my horse is currently using that type of bit to help ease him into contact. I since located that copper bit which is why the confusion. Do most horses like the copper? I just want something uber gentle that will encourage him to step into the bit. I thought he liked the french link, but apparently that was incorrect.
If you don't mind to use some extra money I'd say to look into Mikmar snaffle or KK Ultra. Both are very nice quality, and they use that copper something metal with lorenzo bit many horses (mine included) seems to like (I did try to lick both and yes, there is a taste there! :) ). However if you are short on money from my experience most horses seem to like copper taste (I have a cheap copper bit (similar to one you posted) for my paint I use on trails). Both mine didn't like steel much, and both seemed to prefer oval link over french link.
     
    06-21-2011, 05:37 PM
  #10
Trained
Dover Saddlery | Mikmar Cupreon Loose Ring Snaffle Bit with Ergom Lozenge .

Something like this? While I'm currently dirt poor due to buying a truck and trailer this year, I'll spring for whatever makes him comfy.
     

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